Where Do Adults Get Vaccines?
Vaccinations aren’t just for babies and school-age children. Adults need certain vaccinations, too (and not just seasonal flu vaccines). To stay proactive with your health, it’s important to stay on top of your vaccine schedule by visiting your primary care physician regularly for immunizations.
If you don’t have a physician, you can also get certain vaccinations at your local pharmacy, health clinics or health fairs sponsored by the community or your workplace. However, these resources may not be able to provide you with the comprehensive health checks needed to know if you require additional vaccinations to stay healthy.
What Vaccines Do Adults Need?
Medical insurance will often cover the cost of these vaccinations:
- Influenza: seasonal flu vaccine EVERY year
- TDaP: Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular Pertussis (whooping cough) for ages 11-65
- Human Papillomavirus 9-valent: for females from 11-25 to protect against cervical cancer and genital herpes
- Shingles vaccine: typically for adults over 50
- Pneumococcal disease: typically for adults over age 65
Some adults may need additional vaccinations such as measles/mumps/rubella (RRU), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox or meningococcal. Your healthcare provider will be able to assess current overall health and ask questions about your lifestyle and travel plans to determine which additional vaccinations would be beneficial for you.
Travel Vaccinations in Spartanburg
Speaking of travel, specific immunizations may be highly recommended 4-6 weeks prior to your travel date – especially if you will be visiting a developing country. Serious diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever and rabies could be prevented with advance planning on your part.
The team at Westgate Family Physicians provides adult vaccines in Spartanburg, SC. We will take time to inform you about your risks for contracting certain diseases, which vaccinations we recommend and the risks/benefits of each vaccine. Please call (864) 574-0070 or click here to schedule an appointment.